South Africa: Broos makes interesting calls in latest squad

South African coach Hugo Broos has made some interesting decisions in his latest squad for the upcoming 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Morocco.

South Africa are due to face the North Africans in Rabat on June 9 in their opening group K match and Broos has made some interesting decisions, some of which were forced because of injuries to certain players.

A noticeable absentee from the squad is Kaizer Chiefs attacker Keagan Dolly, who is out injured according to Broos. A big decision the Belgian has made sees Phathutshedzo Nange being included for the first time ever since Broos took over the reins last year.

Orlando Pirates winger Thembinkosi Lorch, who missed a penalty in the CAF Confederation Cup final against RS Berkane, is back in the team and in good form to try to inspire the South Africans to victory. Some of the other new faces in Broos’ team are Grant Kekana of Mamelodi Sundowns and Cape Town City’s Khanyisa Mayo.

Broos announced his squad in Johannesburg on Thursday, 26 May.

Squad

Goalkeepers: Ronwen Williams (SuperSport United), Veli Mothwa (AmaZulu), Bruce Bvuma (Kaizer Chiefs).

Defenders: Nyiko Mobbie (Sekhukhune United), Khuliso Mudau, Grant Kekana, Lyle Lakay, (all Mamelodi Sundowns), Bandile Shandu, Innocent Maela (both Orlando Pirates), Thibang Phete (Belenenses, Portugal), Taariq Fielies, Terrence Mashego (both Cape Town City).

Midfielders: Spephele Sithole (Belenenses, Portugal), Goodman Mosele (Orlando Pirates), Yusuf Maart (Sekhukhune), Phathutshedzo Nange (Chiefs).

Strikers: Thembinkosi Lorch (Pirates), Evidence Makgopa (Baroka FC), Khanyisa Mayo (City), Fagrie Lakay (Pyramids, Egypt), Lyle Foster (Westerlo, Belgium), Bongokuhle Hlongwane (Minnesota FC, USA), Percy Tau (Al Ahly, Egypt).

 

Zimbabwe: Musona calls time on international career

Zimbabwean national team captain Knowledge Musona has announced his retirement from international football, ahead of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The Warriors are due to kickstart their AFCON qualifying campaign against Liberia and South Africa in June, but they will have to do it without the services of one of their best ever strikers, after he took to social media platform Twitter to announce that he would no longer play for the national team, having been part of the team for over a decade. Musona is one of the most popular players in the Zimbabwean national team and was seen as one of the individuals who could always inspire teammates whenever things were not going well for them on the pitch.

The 31-year-old wrote: “Dear Zimbabwean Family, it is with a heavy heart that I officially announce my retirement from national duty with our beloved national football team, the Warriors.

“It is a decision that I do not take lightly after representing our beloved country for 12 years, starting with my first appearance on 3rd of March 2010, in a game versus South Africa.”

The striker, who made his debut for the national team in 2010, featured 49 times for Zimbabwe and scored 24 goals. He was named captain of the Warriors in 2017 after Willard Katsande retired.

The Warriors will now need to find a new leader who can step up the same way Musona did in national team colours. It will be interesting to see who steps up now that Musona will no longer be available for selection.

South Africa: Broos names preliminary squad for AFCON qualifiers

South African national team coach Hugo Broos is continuing to try out different faces in the team, as he named a 37-man preliminary squad for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Morocco and Zimbabwe.

Bafana Bafana, as South Africa is affectionately known, are due to kickstart their 2023 AFCON qualifying campaign against Morocco on 9 June in Rabat and then will host Zimbabwe in Johannesburg on 13 June.

A 37-man preliminary squad has been named by the Belgian Broos, and the final team is expected to be confirmed on 26 May.

Squad

Goalkeepers: Ronwen Williams (SuperSport United), Veli Mothwa (AmaZulu), Bruce Bvuma, Brandon Petersen (both Kaizer Chiefs).

Defenders: Nyiko Mobbie (Sekhukhune United), Khuliso Mudau, Grant Kekana, Lyle Lakay, Aubrey Modiba (all Mamelodi Sundowns), Bandile Shandu, Innocent Maela (both Orlando Pirates), Thibang Phete (Belenenses, Portugal), Siyabonga Ngezana (Chiefs), Taariq Fielies, Terrence Mashego (both Cape Town City), Luke Fleurs (SuperSport), Thabani Zuke (Golden Arrows), Athenkosi Mcaba (Stellenbosch FC).

Midfielders: Spephele Sithole (Belenenses, Portugal), Goodman Mosele, Thabang Monare, Fortune Makaringe (all Pirates), Yusuf Maart (Sekhukhune), Lebohang Maboe (Sundowns), Phathutshedzo Nange (Chiefs), Jesse Donn (SuperSport), Mduduzi Mdantsane (City), Thapelo Morena (Sundowns).

Strikers: Thembinkosi Lorch (Pirates), Ashley du Preez (Stellenbosch), Keagan Dolly (Chiefs), Evidence Makgopa (Baroka FC), Khanyisa Mayo (City), Fagrie Lakay (Pyramids, Egypt), Lyle Foster (Westerlo, Belgium), Bongokuhle Hlongwane (Minnesota FC, USA), Percy Tau (Al Ahly, Egypt), Pule Mmodi (Arrows).

 

Asante Kotoko’s Frank Etuoga Mbella handed Cameroon call up

Ghana Premier League giants, Asante Kotoko talisman Franck Etuoga Mbella has earned a maiden call up into the Cameroon National  team ahead of their 2023 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Cameroon coach, Rigobert Song has named a 34-man squad for their Africa Cup of Nations 2023 qualifiers with Asante Kotoko striker Franck Etouga Mbella named among the list of eleven strikers in the squad for the battle.

Etouga has been impressive in his debut season in the Ghanaian top-flight having joined the Porcupine Warriors from Fortuna du Mfou scoring 19 goals for Asante Kotoko.

Mbella has been included in the Indomitable Lions squad for their AFCON qualifiers and expected to feature against Kenya and Burundi respectively.

He represented Cameroon at the U-20 level during the WAFU tournament last year but eventually missed out of the squad for the AFCON U-20 held in Mauritania a competition Ghana won.

His goals have contributed to Kotoko's impressive run in the league as they occupy the top spot with nine points advantage.

Franck Mbella Etouga is having a sensational season with Kotoko a performance according to reports, several clubs in France, including Stade Rennais, have shown interest in the in-form attacker.

With Six matches to spare, Mbella is currently chasing former Hearts of Oak Ishamel Addo's 22 goals record in a single season to clinch the Ghana Premier top scorer.

The squad as named by Song, comprise 3 goalkeepers, 11 defenders, 9 midfielders and 11 attackers.

Goalkeepers

Omossola Simon (As Vita)
Andre Onana( Ajax)
Epassy Devis( Ofi Crete)

Defenders:

Fai Collins (AL Tai)
Mbaizo Olivier( Philadelphia Union)
Ngadeu Michael( KAA Gent)
Castelletto J.C ( FC Nantes)
Oyonko Bitolo Ambroise ( Montpellier)
Nouhou Tolo (Seattle Sounders)
Moukoudi Harold (Sainte Etienne)
Ebosse Enzo (SCO Angers)
Oumar Gonzalez ( AC Ajaccio)
Wooh Christopher (RC Lense)
Tchamba Duplexe (Sonderjyske)

Midfielders:

Onana Jean Junior (Bordeaux)
Kunde Malong (Olympic Piree)
Zambo Anguissa ( Napoli)
Oum Gouet Samuel (FC Malines)
Hongla Martins ( Hellas Verona)
Ntcham Olivier ( Swansea)
Fuchs Jeando ( Peterborough)
Kemen Olivier (Kayserispor Kulubu)
Ondoa Gael ( Hannover 96)

Strikers:

Ganago Ignatius ( Lens)
Nkoudou Georges ( Besiktas Istanbul)
Chopou Moting (Bayern)
Bahoken stephane ( Angers)
Took Ekambi Karl ( Lyon)
Ngamaleu Moumi ( Young Boys)
Aboukar Vincent ( Al- Nassr)
Lamkel Ze Didier (Metz)
Etuoga Mbella Franck (Asante Kotoko)
Soni Kevin ( Asteras Tripoli)
Tawamba Leandre ( Al - Taawoun FC)